WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pentagon documents show that President Barack Obama is going to ask Congress for a hefty, almost 8 percent boost for the Defense Department.
Obama will ask for $534 billion for the core budget of Defense Department - a $38 billion increase - according to "pre-decisional" Pentagon documents obtained by The Associated Press. That means there could be some slight changes when the budget actually comes out Monday.
Most of the increase would go to procurement of new war-fighting equipment and operations and maintenance accounts.
Another $51 billion would go for overseas military missions, including $5.3 billion to train and equip Iraqi soldiers and moderate Syrian opponents of Islamic State militants.
The Pentagon's base budget is currently $496 billion, with another $64 billion for overseas missions.